How to configure SCCM 1806 Cloud Management Gateway

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM14 Comments

The ConfigMgr team is working really hard to make SCCM admins job easier for some of the key components of Modern Management. Starting with SCCM 1806 release, they ease a bit the setup of the Cloud Management Gateway. If you are new to the concept of Cloud Management Gateway, the main advantage is that it doesn’t expose your SCCM servers to the internet. The downside is that it requires an Azure subscription which brings recurring monthly costs. If you’re still unsure which method to use, you can read the Microsoft documentation and see our blog post about internet client management. Make … Read More

List of SCCM Must Have Tools – 2018 Edition

Benoit LecoursSCCM8 Comments

Based on my previous post published in 2015, I decided to do a 2018 refresh of the SCCM Must have Tools list since there were many changes since then. The tools are listed in no particular order. Create a Custom Splash Screen for a Windows 10 in-place upgrade If you are doing Windows 10 upgrades, this tool allows customizing the Windows 10 upgrade screen to look more like the built-in Windows update experience in Windows 10. This splash screen not only discourages computer interaction during the upgrade but also creates a consistent user experience throughout the upgrade process, for a user-initiated … Read More

Create an SCCM Application Phased Deployment

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SCCM 1802 phased deployment was introduced as a pre-release feature and was supporting only Task Sequence deployments.  Beginning with SCCM 1806, it’s no longer a pre-release feature and it now supports application deployments. If you’re not familiar with Phased deployments, they allow orchestrating a software deployment based on certain criteria and condition. For example, you could use it to deploy an application to a pilot collection and then automatically continue the deployment based on success criteria. SCCM Application Phased Deployment Creation For now, it’s only possible to create a 2 phase deployment. Let’s go ahead and deploy 7zip : In Software Library … Read More

How to configure SCCM Cloud Distribution Point on Cloud Management Gateway

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One of the new capabilities of SCCM Current Branch 1806, is to merge the Cloud Distribution Point along the Cloud Management Gateway. This provides an easier deployment method and also reduces the required certificates and cost of Azure VMs. Before SCCM 1806, a standalone Cloud Distribution point requires 2 Standard A0 VMs but with the new SCCM 1806 capabilities, only the requirements for the Cloud Management Gateway remains, which is one Standard A2V2 VM. The storage cost remains the same as before. Microsoft provides a calculator to help plan ahead. While our blog post is still accurate to install a Cloud … Read More

How to use SCCM CMPivot

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SCCM Current Branch 1806 is loaded with amazing features. In this post, we will cover the latest addition in the reporting space: CMPivot. SCCM has always been good with reporting and inventory of it’s managed devices but SCCM data is up-to-date at the last time the inventory has been run. SCCM CMPivot allows SCCM administrators to initiate a live query on selected computers on a specific topic. The result of that query can then be used to mitigate and fix potential issues. How many time were you asked “what is the current state as of NOW?” well, you’ll finally be able to answer … Read More

Enable SCCM PXE Without WDS on a Windows 10 computer

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SCCM 1806 bring a new exciting feature that will change the design and planning of SCCM sites. Before 1806, if you had a remote site with only 1 distribution point and wanted to do PXE boot and imaging, you’d have to use a server OS because Windows Deployment Service (WDS) was required. You could also use third party solution with additional cost. Now you can use a client OS (Windows 7,8,10) to respond to PXE request without WDS. This is a game changer as you could basically remove any server OS from remote sites if they were just acting as a distribution … Read More

How to start your Modern Management journey as an SCCM Administrator

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If you have been following the SCCM community for the past months, you’ve been hearing a lot about comanagement, cloud management gateway, cloud distribution point and Intune. You may also hear that SCCM is dying and that Intune is your only path in the near future to manage your company devices. The good news is that SCCM is not dead, in fact, it’s been rolling out new features quarterly in the past 3 years thanks to the new servicing model and the product group is not slowing down. The bad news is that… well, there’s no bad news… but as a … Read More

SCCM Software Center Customization to fit your company branding

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Beginning with SCCM 1710, you can customize the SCCM Software Center to set a specific company name, colour theme and company logo. SCCM 1806 bring the customization further with the possibility to add a custom web page to the Software Center. You may find this feature useless but we see this as an opportunity to add valuable information to your users, and for multiple uses. Here are some ideas we thought : Add your ticketing system for your users to open a support ticket Add your company intranet Add a Sharepoint library which contains your application’s documentation Add a useful blog for your IT … Read More

Step-by-Step SCCM 1806 Upgrade Guide

Nicolas PilonSCCM24 Comments

It is now time to plan the migration of your SCCM Current Branch environment since Microsoft releases a new version of SCCM Current Branch. If you want to receive the latest updates, this post is a complete step-by-step SCCM 1806 upgrade guide. If you’re looking for a comprehensive SCCM installation guide, see our blog series which covers it all. You won’t be able to install 1806 if you are running SCCM 2012, the baseline version is 1802. To install SCCM 1806 as an update, you must have installed at least SCCM 1706, SCCM 1710 or SCCM 1802. Keeping your infrastructure up to … Read More

Migrate Users from iOS Mail Native to Microsoft Outlook with Intune

Nicolas PilonApp Protection Policies, Conditional Access, EMS, Intune2 Comments

Nowadays, the smartphone takes up a lot of room in our personal and professional lives. Being able to receive your work emails directly on a mobile device is becoming popular. Based on latest numbers provided by Brad Anderson from Microsoft, companies are more willing to use mobile device management solution like Microsoft Intune and let users access company data from outside the corporate network. Some companies shared beautiful stories of using Microsoft’s EMS solution, like Pepsi Cola and much more. Companies gain a lot of benefits in letting their employees access corporate data from everywhere, especially emails. There are several mail applications available in the … Read More